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    Updated: Feb. 24, 2005, 8:27 PM ET


    By John Clayton
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    INDIANAPOLIS -- What a difference a year makes.


    A year ago, Maurice Clarett showed up in Indianapolis at the combine by way of a lawsuit instead of an invitation, and, basically, he fumbled.


    Clarett wasn't in great shape and didn't seem to care. From the way he acted, he sounded as though the NFL owed him a career. Instead, the NFL beat him in court and closed the loophole that would have allowed underclassmen with less than three years out of high school to turn pro. Clarett hasn't played a down of football in two years.



    The player that showed up Thursday was a different Clarett, one that might win over a few general managers and coaches and possibly sneak back into the first day of the draft. This Clarett was cooperative, not defiant. This Clarett looked fit. His face was thinner. His body looked more solid. More than anything else, though, this Maurice Clarett was humble.


    "I made some mistakes that were obvious to everyone in this room, and I paid for them," Clarett said.


    Clarett arrived at the combine this year weighing 234 pounds. While that is only three pounds lighter than a year ago, his body looked more trim and fit. The former Ohio State running back said he has been training in Florence, Calif., doing sled drills, agility drills and weightlifting.


    In many ways, Clarett did his best to put a positive spin on two years of personal hell. He felt he was above the NFL rules and learned a valuable lesson. Now, he wants to put those memories behind him. But he realizes that won't be easy to do.


    Perhaps the most interesting thing he said was that he spent time working on his personality. He spent a lot of time during the past year with an attorney, David Kenner, who told him things about himself he didn't want to hear. It helped him mature.


    "I worked on so much stuff," Clarett said. "I worked on stuff as a person, just personal things. I worked on me basically. It was a good thing. He [Kenner] wasn't scared to tell me about my faults and wrongdoings. It's kinda like a blessing."


    Twice, Clarett used the word humble about himself. You wouldn't have found "humble" and "Clarett" in the same sentence a year ago.


    "I wasn't saying I was humble in the past all the time," Clarett said. "I have said some things to the media I shouldn't have said. This taught me how to be humble."


    Obviously, being humble was something new. For two years, he felt as though he could beat the system. He thought he could come into the NFL against the league's will. He was wrong.


    The price was two years outside football and a return trip to the combine. He said doctors joked with him about returning.


    Clarett announced to the world Thursday that he's willing to play special teams, be a backup or do whatever a coach wants him to do. He even said he will do everything during Saturday's workout session involving running backs at the combine. A year ago, he didn't begin serious training until after the combine and ended up running an uninspiring 4.6 in the 40 during his individual workout.


    "This is another opportunity, we'll see what he does with it," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Based on what happened last year, maybe for once I was right."


    Donahoe was Clarett's biggest critic a year ago. He questioned Clarett's resolve for showing up at the combine out of shape and with a little bit of an attitude. As far as the Bills are concerned, Donahoe's not interested in Clarett -- and with Willis McGahee, the team doesn't need him. But, at least for now, Donahoe was encouraged.


    The prevailing thought heading into the combine was that Clarett probably rated as a low third- or fourth-round choice. He hasn't played in two seasons. He's not fast. And in the one year he did play at Ohio State, he was dogged by injuries. He hasn't played a full season without an injury since his senior year in high school.


    But there is a new, competitive look with Clarett. The confidence is still there. He admits to not being intense at last year's combine. Now, he's intense.


    "You can ask anybody who I've ever played against that I don't fool around," Clarett said. "I handle my business. I have toned myself down a little bit. I've made football my life again. I think I will be fine."


    Clarett dismisses the rust factor from two lost years.


    "It will take me two or three weeks to get my rhythm and speed back," Clarett said.


    Good times in his workout could help immensely, but the interviews will be just as important. He has to sell teams interested in drafting him on his personality. He has to convince them that he won't be a cancer or a problem in the locker room.


    "I had to take a look at myself from outside of myself," Clarett said. "I looked at myself, and I looked like kinda a joke to myself. I wasn't mature. I did some things I shouldn't have done. I'm ready to move forward."


    Clarett made the first step, and it was a good one.


    "We haven't seen him play in two years," Texas halfback Cedric Benson said. "It's a tough situation, but regardless what he's been through, somebody is going to love him and somebody is going to pick him up."


    Clarett's mission this week it to find that somebody.


    John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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    He'll prolly hurt his shoulder signing his contract.

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    I wanna ask GJ&H if Clarrett is a born NFL RB? From his article, RB are born and not made and he's got a pretty good eye for busts (Blair Thomas & Ron Dayne). Does Clarrett have "the Knack"?

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    "I wasn't saying I was humble in the past all the time," Clarett said. "I have said some things to the media I shouldn't have said. This taught me how to be humble."
    That quote of his is histerical. As if a humble person would come out and announce to the world his humbleness.


    Anyways, the real important part of what this article said is that hes in better shape and finally focused. He may be focused on $$ or stardom but hey, so are alotta guys in the NFL.

    This kid is worth the risk from round 3 on.

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    I thought he was right to sue the nfl.

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    Originally posted by patman@Feb 25 2005, 05:09 AM
    I thought he was right to sue the nfl.
    he got in trouble for taking perks in college and getting caught. Then, he thought "THE OHIO STATE" program would protect him ... but they left him hung out to dry ... to protect Tressel, AD, boosters, etc.

    What percent of college players are getting perks for playing football? I think anyone is nieve if they think it is a low percentage.

    People want to compare him to Lawrence Phillips. Phillips was beating up women, etc.

    I think he is worth a 3rd round pick. Any jet fan criticizing that ... were they criticizing picking Lav. Coles in third round ... and are they still?

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    I cannot say what round pick he is worth, because there is no telling who else will be available in the draft at this point. I dismiss this discussion, let us come back to it the dayof the draft, it will make for much better discussion

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    Clarett has supposedly come in with a new comittment and attitude but we all know the past history of injury and laziness, etc.
    Some team will take a chance on potential maybe in 6th round I am thinking.

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    Originally posted by faba@Feb 25 2005, 10:20 AM
    Clarett has supposedly come in with a new comittment and attitude but we all know the past history of injury and laziness, etc.
    Some team will take a chance on potential maybe in 6th round I am thinking.
    I guess 4th or 5th round...

    Man, I hope this isn't Tom Donahoe's annual "big splash" move.

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    It sounds like Clarrett really wants to be drafted by the World Champion New England Patriots.

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    Originally posted by inchadwetrust+Feb 25 2005, 09:52 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (inchadwetrust @ Feb 25 2005, 09:52 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-patman@Feb 25 2005, 05:09 AM
    I thought he was right to sue the nfl.
    he got in trouble for taking perks in college and getting caught. Then, he thought "THE OHIO STATE" program would protect him ... but they left him hung out to dry ... to protect Tressel, AD, boosters, etc.

    What percent of college players are getting perks for playing football? I think anyone is nieve if they think it is a low percentage.

    People want to compare him to Lawrence Phillips. Phillips was beating up women, etc.

    I think he is worth a 3rd round pick. Any jet fan criticizing that ... were they criticizing picking Lav. Coles in third round ... and are they still? [/b][/quote]
    He was driving a different car every week, and he lied on a police report saying his car had &#036;6,000 when his car was broken into. He also has been accused of academic improprieties (like walking out of exams and then taking them orally with the teacher afterwards) and has been associated with an alum who bets on Ohio State football games.

    He had more than your average perks.

    He&#39;s focused now, but who knows when he&#39;ll go crazy again. I wouldn&#39;t touch him before day 2, but you know he&#39;ll go earlier than you think.

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    Originally posted by NYJJared+Feb 25 2005, 01:01 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (NYJJared @ Feb 25 2005, 01:01 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by inchadwetrust@Feb 25 2005, 09:52 AM
    <!--QuoteBegin-patman
    @Feb 25 2005, 05:09 AM
    I thought he was right to sue the nfl.

    he got in trouble for taking perks in college and getting caught. Then, he thought "THE OHIO STATE" program would protect him ... but they left him hung out to dry ... to protect Tressel, AD, boosters, etc.

    What percent of college players are getting perks for playing football? I think anyone is nieve if they think it is a low percentage.

    People want to compare him to Lawrence Phillips. Phillips was beating up women, etc.

    I think he is worth a 3rd round pick. Any jet fan criticizing that ... were they criticizing picking Lav. Coles in third round ... and are they still?
    He was driving a different car every week, and he lied on a police report saying his car had &#036;6,000 when his car was broken into. He also has been accused of academic improprieties (like walking out of exams and then taking them orally with the teacher afterwards) and has been associated with an alum who bets on Ohio State football games.

    He had more than your average perks.

    He&#39;s focused now, but who knows when he&#39;ll go crazy again. I wouldn&#39;t touch him before day 2, but you know he&#39;ll go earlier than you think. [/b][/quote]
    yeah ... and what percentage of college football players take care of perks? Alot.&#33; Clarett was probably taking advantage of more than others ... and that&#39;s why he got caught ... Ohio State then claims they don&#39;t know anything (Tressel, AD) ... which is BS.&#33;

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